When we visited Zambales in January 2014, I was blown away by the beauty of the mountains and white sand beaches. It is the perfect getaway because you can try different fun activities such as hiking across Mt. Nagsasa, camping and swimming at Nagsasa Cove, as well as sightseeing at Talisayin Island and Capones Island.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a heritage park pioneered by Jose Rizalino “Jerry” Acuzar of the New San Jose Builders. Each house was dismantled brick by brick and relocated to the 400-hectare lot in Bagac, where they were carefully reassembled in the same fashion and then restored. Missing parts were replicated to resemble the original structure.
As much as I would like to be travelling all the time, months can go by without me actually going anywhere — mostly due to insufficient funds, but also due to the fact that I like to be lazy during summer. For most people, summer is the best time to go to the beach, but for me, this time of year is all about rest and being lax.
The San Luis Del Mar resort is approximately a two-hour drive from Baguio City. There is a side road to Baccuit Norte along the Bauang highway that leads to the seaside. The resort is a 1.1 hectare beachfront property with beautiful landscaping and a spacious parking lot. We decided to go there for a family outing.
When we were planning our trip to Thailand, my sister and I decided that aside from the elephants, we definitely had to see the ladyboys. Watching a performance in Bangkok was out of the question because we were only there for a day, then we had to fly to Chiang Mai; The alternative we found was the Anusarn Market Cabaret.
During our trip to Thailand, we spent the first two nights at Pridi Hostel Bangkok. We were supposed to stay in a dorm-type room, but we upgraded to a private room since there was one available. The room is equipped with a working air conditioner, towels, a small table, two stools, a trash can, and a towel rack.
If you are looking for a quiet and pretty place to read comfortably while surrounded by nature, books, cultural artifacts, and lots of natural light, then Arca’s Yard Café Baguio is perfect for you. For the longest time, my friend Ferlyn had been telling me about Arca’s Yard, but since it’s so out-of-the-way, it took a while before we finally went there.
During our 5D4N Bali adventure, we stopped at Laksmi Bali Agro Tourism to look at the luwak and coffee plantation. A guide met us at the parking lot and offered a tour for free. The tour guide was very patient and answered all our questions about the plantation and the luwak. Luwak is an Asian palm civet — a nocturnal animal.
The Kecak Dance is set in a breathtaking environment. The amphitheater overlooks the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, the gorgeous sunset, and the striking silhouette of Uluwatu Temple on the edge of a cliff. As the sun dips into the horizon, the dancers begin their trance-like chanting, which leaves almost every person in the packed arena mesmerized.
Padang Padang is one of the “hidden” beaches in Bali. After the movie Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts came out, it became one of the not-so-hidden beaches in Bali. To get to the beach, one must walk down a narrow and steep flight of stone steps, through a rock tunnel, while looking out for monkeys who have a tendency to steal items from visitors.
After seeing Gunung Kawi, our temple thirst had been satiated, but we continued to Tirta Empul, which is nearby, to complete our Bali experience. Once there, we opted to walk around the area as there were a lot of people in the pool area and visitors wandering inside the complex. The temple is built around a spring with clean, running water.
Don Antonio Blanco Museum, also known as The Blanco Renaissance Museum, features the award-winning art of the museum’s namesake. Don Antonio Blanco is a talented artist of Spanish-American descent who was born in the Philippines. Most of his paintings are of women — boudoir art. His art features the female form and specific parts of the female body.
During our 5D4N Bali adventure, Dana Guesthouse Bali was our home. We got their deal at Hostelworld for a deluxe room with a double bed + private transportation + breakfast + airport transfer. The interior of the complex is a nice, shady place with a lot of plants. There are also koi fish in the pond and turtles in the aquarium behind it.